David Bell is a computer scientist who is currently a Visiting Research Professor and Professor Emeritus at Queen’s University, Belfast (QUB). He has been a full professor for over 30 years. From 1986 to 2002, he was a Professor of Computing at Ulster University (UU), serving there as Head of the Department of Information and Software Engineering. At QUB he was Research Director of Knowledge and Data Engineering.
He has produced several hundred publications, and supervised around 40 PhDs to completion. He was prime investigator on many national projects and on many EU-funded projects (eg MAP, ESPRIT, DELTA, COST, AIM.) in IT in the Eighties and Nineties.
His research interests are centred on data and knowledge management - the linking of reasoning under uncertainty, machine learning, and other artificial intelligence techniques with database work . This involves the exploration of other topics in computing, including aspects of agent awareness and innateness.